A tricky individualism

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A tricky individualism

Lucian-Dragoş Bogdan

Publicat Luni, 18 Iunie 2007, ora 16:55

      The early hours of this morning got me in the middle of a captivating discussion with two of my best friends. One of them is teaching Management in a university and therefore is very up-to-date concerning many details of the economic trends and statistics.
      One of the ideas he has found studying was that the American man is the most individualistic person all over the world. That was used as an explanation for the growth of the United States, because as a community growth its people become more individualistic which leads to more growth and so on. The classification continued with Western Europe countries, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, the individualistic aspect diminishing when it came to the Eastern Europe, Asian, African, South and Central American countries. Those countries still have a very profound "herd spirit", and the lack of individualism can be seen in their economic weakness. As those countries develop there people will gain individuality, independency and that will lead to economical growth and prosperity.
      But let's take a closer look to that so called individualism. There is a trend of the progress and development that cannot be neglected. Trying to overlook its people, the well-developed countries have more and more "check-points". Insurances, credit cards, e-mails, ID's, e-commerce, e-banking – all are made for the comfort of the people. It is easier for everyone to get what he deserves as a payment for his effort to make his community grow. The trend is that anybody can get anything (information, goods, service) anywhere in an instant. However this makes possible the complete control of those people. They become characters in a big game, a character that can be traced no matter where like in the scenarios of many SF movies and books.
      In the less developed countries, where the "herd spirit" is still present, the man trying to do something doesn't have all the facilities that we had spoke about, but has, as a paradox, more freedom. He cannot be reduced to some numbers or codes and controlled wherever he is. He has his individuality.
      It has been proved that human DNA can be "loaded" with information that can be "decrypted" at the destination point. This will lead to the control of this information and of the carrier which will once again affect the individuality. People will become molecules spinning round and round feeling free, while they are continuously traced wherever they are.
      Perhaps there is a small difference between individuality and individualism. The people from the well-developed countries are credited with individuality while the others aren't. Yet the first one's individuality can be completely controlled and measured regardless time and space while the last one has its refugees.
      The first one has individuality while he looses his meaning as something "individual"; he is part of a well-constructed mechanism and no action of him can escape the eye of the supervisor.
      The last one bows to the "herd spirit" while he has a real potency of individuality.
      The first one thinks that he has individuality, while he looses it.
      The last one obeys "the herd", while he has individuality.
      The development of the society in order to gain individuality leads to the death of this concept.

© Copyright Lucian-Dragoş Bogdan
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